Mark Wahlberg’s Days of Acting Are Coming to a Close

FATHER STU, (aka STU), Mark Wahlberg (on set), 2022
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Mark Wahlberg may not be acting for much longer. He recently opened up in an interview for Cigar Aficionado’s October issue and spoke about his plans for the remainder of his career. The 52-year-old was in the news last year for moving his family from California to Nevada to give them a happier and more relaxed life. Wahlberg has four children with his wife, Rhea Durham.

He added that he wanted to give his kids a chance to pursue their dreams and Nevada made more sense for them. Initially, the family moved to California for Wahlberg to pursue acting but he admitted that he has only filmed a few movies in the state, with many of his films located elsewhere. All of this time and travel took him away from his family and he hopes to remedy that now and spend as much time with them as possible.

YARDS, Mark Wahlberg, 2000.

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Right now, Wahlberg has been busy working as a producer and entrepreneur. He still acts but has the goal of being a director in the near future. He shared, “Certain businesses, you kind of build them, pass them on or you exit. I don’t think that I’ll be acting that much longer at the pace I am now. That’s for sure. Because that’s the most difficult thing.”

UNCHARTED, Mark Wahlberg, 2022

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He added about his producing career, “I started becoming a producer out of necessity. I didn’t want to sit around waiting for Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise or whoever was already established before me and were the guys at the time, and Leo [DiCaprio], to go and pass on a movie until I could get my hands on it. I was always proactive in trying to find material and things that I could produce. That I knew was right for me, [to] create my own destiny.”

ME TIME, Mark Wahlberg, 2022

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When asked about the timing of his potential retirement from acting, he admitted that it would likely be sooner rather than later. As for now, he said that the roles he is offered have to be very special because it is a big deal to leave his family to work at this point in his life. He concluded that “it’s the biggest sacrifice… for sure.”

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